Female Athlete of the Month: March 2016

Name:  Ashley Riley

Age:  23

Hometown:  St. Charles, MO

Occupation:  Pharmacy Student

How long have you been a member at 1020?  8 Months

Tell us about your first day walking through the doors at Ten Twenty: On my first day, I was kind of nervous because I had never been to a CrossFit class.  It's funny because I had been really skeptical about what a CrossFit class would be like and what it could offer.  I thought that a workout only consisted of a 10-15 minute WOD and that was it.  I used to poke fun at Kyle Mason and say that he spent more time driving to workout than actually working out.  Needless to say I was super wrong, and I couldn't be happier about it.  I didn't realize that there was also a warm-up, a lifting-focused component, a workout, and then a cool-down...summing up to be at about an hour-long workout.  The reason my skepticism is so funny is because on my first day I walked in to find out that we were doing a Hero WOD that included a ton of lifting and about 2 miles of running.  The WOD alone took about 45 minutes.  Hahahaha.  It was an awesome workout and it kicked my ass.  I admit that I am happy that not every WOD is a Hero WOD though...

What benefits/accomplishments have you seen/had since joining? I've seen so much improvement in my flexibility and overall form for the lifting movements.  Before, I really didn't have a lot of experience weightlifting, so I've come a long way!  I've definitely improved my overall strength and have gained a lot of confidence too!

What are your individual goals? I would like to be able to do a pull-up!  I'm working on it right now, but I'm not quite there yet.

Favorite moment at 1020 so far?  I'm not sure if I have one specific moment...

What do you enjoy  most about the coaching staff at 1020? I love that everyone is really encouraging and not judgmental at all.  All the communication is positive, which makes for a really positive environment!  I also appreciate how eager the coahces are to help me when I'm struggling with a movement.

Words of advice for someone interested in getting started? Don't be intimidated by the workouts.  Everything can be scaled down and you can move at your own pace.  I did the majority of my beginning workouts with a PVC instead of a barbell and I always got a good workout in.

Tell us something we don't know about you?  I am fluent in sarcasm.  Also, I have an identical twin.

Favorite WOD?  Anything with DUBS.

Least Favorite WOD?   Anything with Burpees (also ALL the OPEN workouts)

Female Athlete of the Month: February 2016

Name:  Megan Green

Age:  21

Hometown:  St. Charles, MO

Occupation:  Student

How long have you been a member at 1020?  5 Months

Tell us about your first day walking through the doors at Ten Twenty: I was super nervous, I remember walking in and seeing everyone laying on the ground after the workout, and thinking oh my gosh what did I get myself into.  After they all caught their breath, everyone came up and introduced themselves to me, and told me how excited they were I joined.

What benefits/accomplishments have you seen/had since joining? Since joining 1020, I have been able to actually see muscles.  Like I never thought I would be able to see the muscles in my arm.  I have also been able to accomplish double unders, and do a 105 clean and jerk.  I also got the benefit of getting to workout with some of the most amazing and genuine people who now I can say are more than my friends, they are family.

What are your individual goals? I want to be able to do a handstand push-up, toes to bar, and just want to keep pushing myself to become a better athlete.

Favorite moment at 1020 so far?  There are so many to count, but the one I would have to pick would be the moment I got double unders.  I worked on them everyday for tow weeks after working out, and the day I finally got 26 in a row was an amazing day.  I felt all my hard work was finally proving to pay off.

What do you enjoy  most about the coaching staff at 1020? The coaching staff at 1020 are the most genuine and caring people I have ever met.  They all care so much about helping you get to your personal best.  They don't give up on you ever.  They sometimes have more faith in me than I have had in myself.  They are always there to answer questions when needed, show you an example if you're confused and to push you to your personal best.

Words of advice for someone interested in getting started? Don't be scared or nervous that people are going to judge you if you can't do the workout RX, or you struggle with certain things, it's okay.  CrossFit Ten Twenty is a no judgment zone; everyone there is there to cheer you on.  Also, it's okay to ask for help, that is why the coaches are there.  They won't look at you crazy if you need help.  They like helping you and watching you improve.  It is such an amazing rush when you're in the middle of your workout and you hear people screaming at you to keep it up, and how great you're doing.  CrossFit will change your life; it for sure has changed mine.

Tell us something we don't know about you? I am a part of a group called IRUN4.  Everyone always has that person that says, oh go workout for me, or an extra mile for me.  It's a group for the people who can't go workout or run because of a physical or development reason.  It's a group that you can run, do CrossFit or just do a workout for.  You get a buddy that you can post to about every time you workout to make them feel great.  I have a little buddy whose name is Bennett and he has Down Syndrome, so every time I workout, I post to him to show him he is my inspiration to keep going.

Favorite WOD?   Anything with Thrusters.

Least Favorite WOD?  Anything with Burpees.

Female Athlete of the Month: January 2016

Name:  Karla DesAngles

Age:  44

Hometown:  Worden, IL

Occupation:  Administrative Support - Contegra Construction

How long have you been a member at 1020?  I have been with Ten Twenty since January 2015.

Tell us about your first day walking through the doors at Ten Twenty:  I was very nervous my first day at Ten Twenty because I was also new to Contegra.  I didn't know anyone and was apprehensive about being able to handle the workouts.  Everyone was very nice and made me feel welcome.

What benefits/accomplishments have you seen/had since joining? I had been working out in a regular gym for over a year when I started Ten Twenty.  I had seen progress in my endurance but I had not seen any progress in muscle definition.  Within 3 months of starting CrossFit, I could see definite muscle definition and increased strength.  I continue to see more muscle definition and gain more strength each week.  I've amazed myself with what I have been able to do; amount of weight lifted and WOD's completed.

What are your individual goals? My goals for 2016 are to attend a minimum of four classes a week in hopes of mastering double-unders, pull-ups and hand-stand push-ups.  And to increase my CrossFit Total to 500lbs.

Favorite moment at 1020 so far?  My favorite moment at Ten Twenty so far actually happened recently.  I completed The CrossFit Total for the second time and was able to back squat 185 lbs and dead-lift 215 lbs, both personal records for me.  I increased both lifts by 80 lbs each.  I never imagined at 44 years old I would be able to handle that much weight.  I'm proud of that accomplishment.

What do you enjoy  most about the coaching staff at 1020? The coaching staff at Ten Twenty is amazing!  Everyone has such great personalities and they use their personalities to motivate and encourage the athletes.  I personally have pushed myself harder just because a coach was standing there believing I could do it!  They also make me feel like I'm part of a family.  Everyone, include the other athletes, are always very encouraging and supportive.  It's a great feeling.

Words of advice for someone interested in getting started? My advice to anyone interested in starting CrossFit is to jump in and do it!  You will never know what you're capable of doing until you try it.  I never dreamed I would be doing what I'm doing now but I am and it feels amazing; both physically and mentally!

Tell us something we don't know about you?  Something you don't know about me is I've played organized softball since I was seven years old.  So I've played for almost 40 years, almost.  There was only a few years that I missed playing at all so it's been almost every year since I was seven.

Favorite WOD?  I don't remember the names but I really like any WOD that challenges me.  Makes me feel like I've worked every muscle in my body by the time I'm done.

Least Favorite WOD?  I don't remember the name of it but all I remember is it had a lot of rowing in it.  I can vividly remember that WOD was the only time I have come close to vomiting during a WOD.  I don't even remember what the other elements of the WOD were but I know we had to row a lot and on top of the other elements it felt like I was going to die.  I finished it, without throwing up, but I sure didn't think I would!